We decided on Indian, but were tired so we wanted something close.
We had eaten at Agra once before, about 2 or 3 months ago. I had this vague memory that we werent going back, but once the urge for Indian hits, vague memories kind of fade. And besides, wed only been there once. Any restaurant can have an off night, right?
Plus, we didnt want to go to Electric Lotus because weve been there a number of times and didnt like it. And Tantra is such a scene. Frankly, I forgot about Parus. We should have gone there.
The complimentary papadums were a little more brittle than normal, and one side was blackened, as if it had been burned or something. The mint chutney was a little watery, and didnt have the deep flavor were used to. I found the carrot and pepper curry chutney to be very tasty, although there was way too much oil. The wife didnt care for it at all.
The appetizer sample came with 2 samosas, which were pretty good. I dont know if they were good because we were hungry, or just good; but I liked em. There was also tandoori chicken, which was very dry. The ground lamb had a weird coating on it and was not hot at all. The lamb kabob was outstanding. Very tasty, moist and succulent. And the sauce was delicious.
The chicken madras was okay. We ordered it medium-spicy, and it was medium non-spicy. We should have ordered it spicy. But it was moist and good with the rice and naan.
The daal was unbelievable. Now daal is normally one of our favorite dishes, but this one set us back a few steps. It was like they bought a can of lentils and a can of black beans, poured them into a pot, gave it a stir and served it. It had that slippery, syrupy liquid that you get right out of the can. What a disappointment.
So that was it. All I can say is nothing special. Obviously theyre trying to appeal to adventurous normal people, who would be just as happy eating at Tony Romas for barbecue or Yoshinoya for Japanese.
Agra Indian Restaurant
4325 West Sunset Blvd (at Fountain)
East Hollywood / Silver Lake